Gluten Free Pizzelle Recipe

Gluten Free Pizzelle Recipe

Italian Pizzelle waffle cookies are some of the most iconic holiday cookies around – my gluten free pizzelle recipe brings them back to everyone who thought they’d never be able to enjoy them again. Dusted with powdered sugar or topped with hazelnut spread, these fancy cookies are much easier than they look to make. All you need is a pizzelle iron, and you’ll be in the fancy cookie business in no time!

The origin of these Italian wafers is not exactly known, but they’ve been around long enough to have earned a place in the cookie history books. The name comes from the Italian word “pizze”, meaning round and flat (reminds me of something else delicious that’s Italian, round and flat with “pizze” in the name!).

gluten free pizzelle stack

My easy gluten free pizzelle batter may also be used for Norwegian Krumkake, and when a warm pizzelle is wrapped around a small dowel or cone, it also makes wonderful Russian Trubochki (cream horns). Instead of the familiar ricotta cheese-based cannoli filling, I’ve made a slightly sweet cream filling that will please every palate, but certainly feel free to fill these with your favorite cream recipe, if you’d prefer.

gluten free pizzelles on plates

I’ve provided dairy-free and vegan ingredient options for those who need it. I will say that everything I bake is dairy-free, and the vegan butters and cream cheeses listed are fantastic, so don’t hesitate to use those. There’s no reason to miss any of the yumminess the holidays have to offer, just because you’re gluten free or have other dietary restrictions.

Embrace them and make your favorite recipes anyway! With my gfJules Gluten Free Flour, anything is possible — even light and delicate cookies like these! Thanks to companies making more and more dairy-free and vegan ingredients, nearly anything can be made just as deliciously free of dairy or eggs, too!

gluten free pizzelle stack

cuisinart pizzelle ironBy the way, if you don’t already have a pizzelle iron, I highly recommend them. They’re not too expensive, and in the summer when you may not be making as many gluten free pizzelles (or maybe you will be!), you can use it to make homemade gluten free waffle cones! Check out my recipe here! (Add to your Santa list with these other great gluten free gift ideas!)

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Gluten Free Pizzelle Recipe

gluten free pizzelle

5 from 6 reviews

Gluten free Pizzelles are delightful, light and crispy wafer cookies hailing from Italy.

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 40-45 pizzelles
  • Category: dessert

Ingredients

Pizzelle

10 Tbs. butter or vegan alternative, melted and cooled (e.g. Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)

3 eggs, beaten (OR for vegan: 2 Tbs. flaxseed meal mixed with 6 Tbs. hot applesauce PLUS 2 Tbs. arrowroot powder + 2-3 Tbs. water)

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract (or anise or lemon)

2 cups gfJules™ Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

2 tsp. baking powder

Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Cream Filling (optional)

½ cup butter or non-dairy alternative, softened (e.g. Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)

4 oz. cream cheese (vegan options: Kite Hill®; Follow Your Heart®)

½ cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted

½ tsp. vanilla paste (I like Nielsen-Massey) or ½ vanilla bean, split and scraped

Instructions

To make gluten free pizzelle,

Melt butter and set aside to cool. In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs (or substitute listed) and sugar until light, approximately 3 minutes. Stir in cooled butter and extracts.

Whisk together the gluten-free flour and baking powder in a small bowl, then stir into the larger bowl with egg mixture. The batter will be tacky and wet, but stiff.

If directed with your Pizzelle Iron instructions, brush the pizzelle plates with a small amount of cooking oil, then preheat the Pizzelle Iron. Once hot, spoon 1 -1 ½ teaspoons of batter into the middle of each plate. Depending on the size of your Pizzelle Iron, you may need slightly more or less batter.

Close the lid and the batter should spread across the entire pattern. Follow manufacturer’s directions for how long to cook each pizzelle; with my iron, it takes approximately 3 minutes for each set of two pizzelles. Transfer cooked pizzelles to a wire rack to cool or immediately wrap around a dowel or cone to form tubes for cream-filled pizzelles or press into ramekins to form cups. Repeat with remaining batter, re-oiling pizzelle plates if necessary.

Allow pizzelles to cool completely before serving or storing. If they become soft after storing or freezing, arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake in a 300° F oven for 3-5 minutes to restore crispness.

Makes approximately 40 4-inch pizzelles.

To make the cream filling, using a whisk attachment on an electric mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese. Once smooth, add the sugar and vanilla paste. Whip until light and smooth.

Fill a piping bag or plastic bag with a small corner cut out. Pipe into cooled and formed pizzelles by piping in one side and then the other.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 pizzelle w/o filling
  • Calories: 72
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 24g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 23g

 

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26 thoughts on “Gluten Free Pizzelle Recipe

  1. These were awesome! We had them with fresh berries and powdered sugar. So glad to find a gf recipe so we could enjoy them again. Thank you.

    • YAY for pizzelles! I’m happy you don’t have to go without any more! Thanks for taking the time to let me know!
      ~jules

  2. Question, can I use any gf flour? I didn’t have time to get the one specified by the recipe and if the pizzelle are too thick do I add water to thin?

    Thanks

    • Hi April, I have no idea what gluten free flour blend you’re using, the ingredients, gums or proportions so it’s impossible to say. The recipe is written to work with my gfJules blend and there are just too many variables to guess what might be at play with another blend not working. If the batter is too think, you would need to add milk or cider or another liquid to thin – I hope it turns out ok! I’ll be eager to hear how you like them when you have my gfJules Flour to work with – it makes recipes (and life!) so much easier!
      ~jules

  3. This is one thing that I’ve always wanted to make and have never tried! Thanks for making a vegan option! I have a Pizzelle iron on my Christmas wish list now!

  4. We’ve been making pizzelles for years and their a favorite! Plain, filled, dipped in chocolate, the options are endless. The girls have been asking and I might just have to give up making sugar cookies for these this year since they’re so easy.

  5. As traditional as it gets! Delicious and easy to make recipe. My gluten eating husband says they taste no different than regular ones. I love to add spices and make different flavors (Chai spiced, pumpkin spice). Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Can I make these just using your flour and my Italian mom’s pizzelle recipe? Or will that not work? I am stealing the filling recipe though.
    Thaks Jules for everything you do for those of us with Celiac!!

    • Hi Margaret, thanks so much for your kind words! I’m happy I can help! I would think that my gfJules Flour would work fine in your mom’s pizzelle recipe (glad the filling looked good to you!). You should recognize the consistency it would need to be in the iron, so too runny, add more of my flour; too dry, add more liquid. Let me know how they turn out!
      ~jules

  7. My husband made these for me and also a batch from his Italian Moms recipe with
    regular flour. The Jules recipe and flour ones were declared the best by everyone.
    What a treat that was for me the only family member with a gluten issue!

    • That IS a treat, Gail! How wonderful that everyone loved the gluten free ones more (and how wonderful that your hubby bakes for you!). Thanks for sharing your experience with this recipe. May all your baking be happy from here on out!
      ~jules

  8. Every holiday I make these using your recipe! I leave some traditionally flat but also roll some for cannoli. I use my Italian born mother in law’s filling recipe using ricotta, powdered sugar, vanilla and some (lots) lemon zest. So delicious!

  9. Oh My Gosh! This recipe is the BEST!! The pizzelles came off the iron perfectly. I rolled them on a cannoli form and filled them with a filling recipe from one of our Italian bakeries in New Haven, CT using a mixture of ricotta cheese and powdered sugar. A sprinkling of miniature chocolate chips on each end and powdered sugar and sheer heaven!! Jules, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    • Oh Lois, that sounds incredible! So happy you tried the recipe and enjoyed such yummy success!!!!! Happy baking from here on out!!!
      ~jules

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